Ray Inkpen

Raymond Inkpen is a clinical psychologist, who has 10+ years of experience working on a one on one basis with clients in a range of psychological settings. Prior to commencing his journey as a psychologist Ray served in the Royal Australian Air Force. His service included overseas duty in a peacekeeping force and multiple overseas deployments. After his defense service he worked in the mining industry for 10 years before retraining as a psychologist.

Since being registered as a psychologist Ray has worked with high risk children in foster care, with Queensland Corrective Services, delivering offender programs and for Queensland Health assisting individuals with a serious mental illness to maintain their wellness in the community while assessing risk.

Ray treats clients who present with a range of disorders, and has a special interest in disorders such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Ray is skilled in the application of many therapeutic approaches, including EMDR therapy and Family Therapy.

Ray holds a bachelor of Psychology (Hons) and a Master of Clinical Psychology. He has completed postgraduate research in selective visual attention using electroencephalogram and worked with clients who have schizophrenia as part of a research team. Ray conducted research into modified music therapies for ASD (as part of his masters thesis). He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the College of Clinical Psychologists.

Sophie Jordan

Sophie has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, having completed placements working with children and adults who have complex and enduring mental health conditions. Sophie is a new member of the Psi Balance team and is currently completing her two-year registrar program for endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist. Sophie is particularly passionate about helping adolescents and young adults.

Sophie comes from a forensic background, with 14-years of experience working with adults and children undergoing family separation and divorce. She has a special interest in using her clinical skills to assist individuals and families undergoing this stressful transition. Sophie is a registered Triple P Provider, and is able to provide individual Triple P programs for both unified and separated families.

Sophie is also experienced in conducting assessments for conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning difficulties, and intellectual disability. She values the opportunity to provide recommendations from a holistic framework, and to collaborate with other professionals to help clients who require multi-disciplinary interventions.

Sophie has an interest and experience in the following areas:

  • Family separation and divorce
  • Behaviour Management Training (Triple P)
  • Self-harm and suicide prevention
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Family and relationship issues

Samuel Halpin

Sam has recently joined the Psi Balance team. He has a Master of Applied Psychology (Health) from the University of Queensland. Sam has experience working with children, adults, and older adults, having completed placements in the UQ Psychology Clinic, a paediatric outpatient’s unit, and a residential aged care facility. Sam has a particular interest in working with children, at-risk adolescents, and adults to develop healthy habits, coping skills, and strengths so as to enhance positive outcomes in their futures.

Sam has experience with child assessment, particularly children with behavioural and neurodevelopmental issues, such as those suspected of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Sam is trained in several therapeutic approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Person-Centred Therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.

However, Sam is most drawn to CBT and ACT with a base in mindfulness, as well as a strength-based positive psychology approach. Majoring in Health Psychology for his honours and postgraduate study, Sam understands the complex relationship between mental and physical well-being.

Sam has worked with numerous clients experiencing chronic pain as well as several with past or current alcohol and/or substance use issues. Sam has an interest and experience in the following areas:

  • Child neurodevelopmental and behavioural assessment
  • Alcohol and other substance use prevention (as well as screen addiction)
  • Sleep issues
  • Chronic pain
  • Emotion regulation
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behaviour disorders (Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder)

Sze Geet Chee

Sze (pronounced as ‘zee’) has completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Hons.) with First Class Honours, and a Master of Psychology (Clinical). She is a registered Medicare provider and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Sze has experience with individual and group therapy, working in public and private settings in Australia and overseas. In addition, she has worked with children and adolescents with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties; university students with academic stress, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation; adults with relationship issues, grief, mental health issues, and stress caused by chronic illness, as well as individuals with substance use issues in correctional settings.

She is experienced in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy, and Play therapy. Her therapeutic style focuses on self-compassion, mindfulness, problem solving in small achievable steps, with the hope of empowering individuals of different ages. Sze’s special interest areas include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety (e.g., generalised anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobia, illness anxiety)
  • Acute or complex trauma
  • Adults’ stress caused by relationship issues, academic/work/unemployment issues, health issues, substance use, grief and loss
  • Children’s stress caused by academic issues, social difficulties and impulsive behaviours (e.g., ASD, ADHD), self-esteem issues, bullying, grief and loss
  • Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual Disability/low IQ, and Specific Learning Disorder.

Sze is multilingual and able to offer services in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Lauren McIntosh

LaurenLauren is experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of clinical presentations including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and adjustment disorders. She has a special interest in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her therapeutic approach involves creating a safe, secure and reliable environment in which the client sets the pace and the goals.

As a clinical psychologist, Lauren sees her role in therapy is not only to<br>assist clients in alleviating symptoms of mental illness, but also to carefully assess the story behind the presenting problems, and understand why they exist in the first place. Lauren believes that being a psychologist is an honour and that unconditional positive regard is key in working towards therapeutic recovery.

Originally from Melbourne, Lauren commenced undergraduate training at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where she gained a Social Science (Psychology) degree over three years. Following the successful completion of a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Honours) over two years, Lauren travelled to Queensland where she completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, also over two years.

She was awarded the APS College of Clinical Psychologists Student Prize for high level of clinical skill, promotion of team-work amongst peers and design of clinically relevant research. Lauren’s research examined the relationship between knowledge about mental illness and stigma in children of parents with a mental illness. She now happily identifies as a Queenslander.

Lauren began consulting at private practice in Brisbane in 2013. During this time she commenced a two-year clinical endorsement program, granting her membership to the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. Lauren currently practices using a scientist-practitioner model approach and evidence-based therapeutic methods mainly based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She has a special interest in eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Glynda Fox-Bliesner

glendaGlynda is the Practice Manager who takes care of the daily administrative operations of Psi Balance.  She is the main point of contact in our Practice, responsible for attending to client enquiries and scheduling appointments.

Glynda has had 10+ years experience in senior office administrative roles with a background in the finance industry where she worked as an Executive Assistant for various leading financial firms in Brisbane.

However, it is her previous role as a Clinic Secretary for the Psychiatric Unit of Greenslopes Private Hospital where she has gained a strong understanding and appreciation for the complex nature of mental health services. She has since applied these skills and knowledge to her position here at Psi Balance where she is able to provide a high level of service to ensure our client’s needs are met.